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Workshops, Library, and Trainings

Workshops / Livestream Events

Free workshops are offered throughout Minnesota to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals working with them.


Written literature, including books, handouts and more on a variety of topics affecting families of children with disabilities.

Translated Content

PACER offers bilingual workshops, individual assistance and translated publications focusing on issues facing families from diverse backgrounds.

When you call PACER you may ask to speak with a multicultural staff person. You will be able to discuss your concerns and explore choices with an understanding parent advocate who also has a child with special needs.

Assistive Technology Consultations/Trainings

Assistive technology can be a device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently within their environment at home or school.

The Simon Technology Center (STC) is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers, the STC can provide numerous services for your family, as well as resources and informative answers to your questions. Since 1987, the Simon Technology Center has helped many children and adults, with a variety of disabilities, use assistive technology to enhance learning, work and independence.

Assistive Technology Lending Library

Assistive technology (AT) is any device or service that helps children with disabilities participate more independently in life.  Ranging from simple adaptations to highly sophisticated technology, AT helps people communicate, learn, live independently, be included, and succeed at home, school and work.  Which technology is right for you or your child?  Find out at the Simon Technology Center Lending Library!

Puppet Program

Capturing the attention of young children isn’t easy, but PACER’s endearing, life-size puppets have a special way with kids that leaves a lasting impression. Since 1979, nearly half a million children have experienced the way PACER’s multicultural puppets deliver important messages of tolerance and inclusion – and bullying prevention – to schools and organizations across the country. Using an engaging, child-friendly approach, trained volunteers present a message-filled show that is creative and fun yet deals with sensitive subjects in a realistic way. Through the puppet show and discussion, the puppets educate, entertain, and inspire.  

Parent Leadership Training

Build capacity and confidence to advocate effectively within the special education process. Become familiar with the wide range of resources PACER offers parents. Learn how services on a child's IEP are based on the needs identified in the child's school district Evaluation. Gain experience teaching other parents to identify gaps in their children’s IEP services and supports Network with other Minnesota parents of children with disabilities.